Out of Africa
Out of Africa (1985)

Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 18, 1985
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though lensed with stunning cinematography and featuring a pair of winning performances from Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, Out of Africa suffers from excessive length and glacial pacing.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

The relationship between Karen Blixen and her British lover, Denys Finch Hatton, may fail to catch fire. But the production itself is so exquisitely served that you can't help but be grateful for this extraordinary visual treat.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

My basic problem with this otherwise sumptuous and well-acted film is that I never was able to accept Redford in character.

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Peter Travers
People Magazine

Luedtke and Pollack bought these high-priced literary sources only to chuck them for a conventional, largely fictionalized movie romance.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The relationship of Karen and Denys is a prickly and, despite the era in which it is set, curiously modern one. It's also at the heart of this understated movie.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Out of Africa is, at last, the free-spirited, fullhearted gesture that everyone has been waiting for the movies to make all decade long. It reclaims the emotional territory that is rightfully theirs.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

What the movie loses in emotional realism, it gains in sheer epic audacity.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Streep may convince us utterly that she is in love with Africa, but our views of it are a little too stately to really feel the place.

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James Harwood

Maybe the problem of the pacing is simply the nature of the beast these days with expensive period pieces. Once the difficult details are all in place, it may be too much to expect a director to resist milking every scene for more than it's worth.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Out of Africa is a splendid example of that persistent genre, the coffeetable movie. It's big, beautiful, and imposing. But there isn't much to it, and pretty pictures -- replacing ideas, not supporting them -- are its only real attraction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Excellent acting. This is the film I think of when I hear Klaud Maria Brandauer's name. And Maryl Streep can do no wrong. Solid performance by Redford.… More
Red Lats
I saw this again today -- mind you for the first time since joining Flixster. It is a good movie. Keeps you interested, good story, good acting, good scenery.… More
Thomas Bowler
Incredible in so many ways. Full review later.
Daniel Mumby
Hollywood is a sucker for romantic epics. Long after the genre reached its peak, studios have made quick money by putting two big stars together and leaving… More
Chris Weber
The Academy certainly loves the Prestige Picture, don't they? This film filled that niche in 1985, and it was decided that this was the film that should… More
Jeremy Smith
Confirms Meryl Streep as greatest actress of modern times.

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